Washington, April 30 (UITV/IANS)- US President Donald Trump has invited his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to the White House, an official statement announced.
"President Trump enjoyed the conversation and said that he is looking forward to visiting the Philippines in November," the statement said on Saturday, adding that Trump invited Duterte to the White House "to discuss the importance of the US-Philippines alliance."
The White House statement noted that Trump and Duterte discussed the country's war on drugs, The Hill magazine reported.
New Delhi, April 30 (UITV/IANS)- Calling for cleansing the Indian psyche of the "deeply entrenched" VIP culture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said 'VIP' must be replaced by 'EPI' -- Every Person is Important.
Speaking on a range of issues in his radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat', Modi also said that the South Asia Satellite to be launched by India on May 5 will go a long way in addressing the region's economic and developmental priorities.
The Prime Minister also urged the young to step out of their comfort zone.
Beijing, April 30 (UITV/IANS)- Chinese industries maintained expansion in April, although at a slower pace than March, with 52.2 points on the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), 0.6 points less than March, authorities said on Sunday.
The figures did not meet the expectations of the market, but kept over 50 points for the ninth consecutive month, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
According to the PMI, figures over 50 show expansion, while figures below it reflect reduction of activity, Efe news reported.
Diaspora Global News
Mumbai, April 30 (UITV/IANS)- A group of migrant Maharashtrians, separated by some 10,000 km of oceans and nations, have joined hands to keep Marathi language, culture and traditions alive in far away Australia.
The brainchild of the Marathi Association of Sydney Incorporated (MASI), the Australian Marathi Vidyalaya (AMV) was founded in 2008 with just a dozen-odd students grappling with the strange-sounding "foreign mother tongue" of their parents.
After the modest beginnings, the AMV has now grown into four flourishing centres for Marathi learning with around 150 students (40 per cent girls) in different age groups in Sydney and Wollongong, AMV President Arun Ghatge told IANS in a series of social media chats.
"These are essentially weekend schools, recognised and funded through grants from the New South Wales Department of Education and Training - - Community Language Programme (NSW-DET), and governed by their rules and regulations in all aspects," Ghatge added.
These have proved to be a boon to the approximately 150,000-strong community of Maharashtrians, mostly first, second or even third generation migrants settled on the East Coast since decades.
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Hollywood / Bollywood
New York, April 30 (UITV/IANS)- Actor Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted kissing model and his girlfriend Nina Agdal here.
They were spotted locking lips on the sides of the Hudson River in downtown Manhattan on Friday, reports people.com.
"It was a really sweet moment," said one onlooker, adding that, "Nina put her arms around his neck and kissed him".
DiCaprio, dressed in his standard white tee and shorts, with a shirt wrapped around his waist and a newsboy cap "seemed very comfortable around her. And their affection was natural, not forced," added the onlooker.
At one point, Agdal, dressed in short-shorts and an off-the...
Education / Universities
New York, April 29 (UITV/IANS)- Variants of five different genes -- including one originating in the extinct human subspecies Denisovans -- help Tibetans survive the harsh conditions of the high altitudes, says a study.
The people of Tibet have survived on an extremely high and arid plateau for thousands of years, due to their amazing natural ability to withstand low levels of oxygen, extreme cold, exposure to UV light and very limited food sources.
For the study, published in the journal PLOS Genetics, the researchers sequenced the whole genomes of 27 Tibetans and searched for advantageous genes.
"The comprehensive analysis of...
Science & Technology
New York, April 29 (UITV/IANS)- In a bid to provide more natural voice experience, Amazon has introduced new "Speech Synthesis Markup Language"(SSML) features to its voice assistant Alexa that allows it to whisper, bleep and even change its pitch.
SSML is a standardised markup language that allows developers to control pronunciation, intonation, timing and emotion.
"We are excited to announce five new SSML tags in the US, Britain and Germany that you can use with Alexa, including whispers, expletive bleeps and more," the company said in a statement.
SSML support on Alexa allows users to control how Alexa generates speech from...